Mergers & Acquisitions

  • December 18, 2006

    NASD Fines Allianz $5M For Violations

    The National Association of Securities Dealers fined German insurance giant Allianz SE’s subsidiary USAllianz Securities $5 million Monday for various violations.

  • December 18, 2006

    McDowell Will Not Vote On AT&T Deal

    Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell has chosen not to vote on the merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., bringing an end to the controversy sparked by his potential participation.

  • December 18, 2006

    Delta To Fight US Airways Bid With New Plan

    Facing US Airways Group Inc.’s $8.4 billion hostile takeover bid, Delta Air Lines Inc. is set to unveil a reorganization plan that will put the embattled carrier’s worth at $10 billion to $12 billion, sources say.

  • December 15, 2006

    DOJ Streamlines Second Request Process

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it would further streamline its merger review process to reduce the cost of second requests.

  • December 15, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Baker & McKenzie

    Many firms pride themselves on a broad geographic footprint, but attorneys in the bankruptcy and financial restructuring group at Baker & McKenzie take that creed more seriously than most.

  • December 15, 2006

    Committee Warms Up To Adelphia’s Exit Plan

    A group of lenders has decided to make peace with bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp. by switching its vote to support the cable provider’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

  • December 14, 2006

    DOJ Defends Itself Over Big Telecom Mergers

    The U.S. Department of Justice has shot back at the critics of its merger review process, rejecting accusations that it “made up” the legal, factual and economic support for its approval of the SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI mergers.

  • December 14, 2006

    Airline Merger Plans Rouse Antitrust Concerns

    With several high-profile marriage proposals on the table in the airline industry, carriers may face turbulent skies ahead as they try to convince federal antitrust regulators that consolidation won't hurt consumers.

  • December 14, 2006

    Microsoft Sues Alcatel-Lucent Over Messaging

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. has taken aim at French communications provider Alcatel-Lucent in a patent infringement suit over a slew of its messaging patents.

  • December 14, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Given the fast-changing landscape of the U.S. workplace, attorneys in the labor and employment group at Greenberg Traurig LLP believe that keeping one step ahead of current trends is essential to helping clients stay compliant with federal, state, and local laws.

  • December 13, 2006

    Paul Hastings Nabs Private Equity Expert To Head Team

    Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP has pulled on board a nationally recognized lawyer to spearhead its global private equity practice as the firm continues to grow its new Chicago office.

  • December 13, 2006

    Appeals Court Upholds Ruling In Retaliation Case

    An appeals court upheld a district court’s ruling Tuesday in an employment suit claiming violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ERISA.

  • December 13, 2006

    Delta Creditors Committee Says Plan Must Be Scrapped

    Delta Airline Inc.'s unsecured creditors committee said Tuesday that US Airways’ offer to buy Delta is contingent on the termination of the pilots pension plan.

  • December 12, 2006

    E.U. Approves J&J Buyout Of Pfizer Unit

    European Union regulators cleared the way for Johnson & Johnson Co.’s acquisition of Pfizer Inc.’s consumer health care business Tuesday, approving the deal under the condition that J&J sell some of its assets in order to preserve competition.

  • December 11, 2006

    Despite Lawsuit, NYBOT OKs $1.2B ICE Merger

    Undeterred by a lawsuit filed by traders, the New York Board of Trade on Monday approved a $1 billion merger with IntercontinentalExchange, an Atlanta-based energy futures exchange.

  • December 11, 2006

    FCC Decision On AT&T Merger Angers Industry

    Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell has been cleared to participate in the agency’s upcoming vote on the merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., and industry watchdogs are not pleased.

  • December 11, 2006

    FTC Greenlights Barr's $2.5B Takeover Of Pliva

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has signed off on Barr Pharmaceuticals’ $2.5 billion acquisition of European generic drug giant Pliva on the condition that Barr sell the rights to four of its drug products.

  • December 8, 2006

    Commission Launches Probe Into Universal-BMG Deal

    The European Commission has opened an investigation into Universal Music Group’s bid to take over BMG’s music publishing business, postponing a decision on the deal until next year.

  • December 8, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Ropes & Gray LLP

    The total number of company bankruptcy filings has declined for five straight years. Yet, over that same time period Ropes & Gray LLP’s bankruptcy and business restructuring practice group has exploded onto the scene.

  • December 7, 2006

    U.S. Dumping Laws Draw Fire In Korean Trade Talks

    Free-trade talks between the United States and South Korea came to a standstill on Wednesday when discussions over U.S. anti-dumping laws allegedly unfairly applied to South Korean products were suspended, according to Korean negotiators.